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It's All Politics
4:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Rape Comments Complicate But Don't End GOP Senate Takeover Chances

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock holds a news conference Wednesday in Indianapolis to address his comments about rape and abortion.
Michael Conroy AP

The enthusiasm with which Democrats seized upon Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's philosophizing about God's plan for unborn children of women impregnated by rape may have suggested the Indiana Republican's election chances had just ended.

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World Cafe
3:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Twin Shadow On World Cafe

Twin Shadow.
Tina Tyrell

Few artists channel the spirit of '80s new wave as infectiously as George Lewis Jr., better known by the stage name Twin Shadow. Lewis wears his '80s pop influences on his sleeve throughout his recent second album, Confess: The sleek synth-pop vibe of "Five Seconds" recalls Duran Duran, while "Run My Heart" evokes Bruce Springsteen power ballads and Lewis' breathy, straightforward vocals convey the swagger of Prince. Lewis' R&B leanings help give Twin Shadow's sound its own distinct, surprisingly modern identity.

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Middle East
3:53 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Mecca In Flux As Historic Sites Are Torn Down

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:51 pm

Muslims from all over the world have journeyed to Mecca for the annual Hajj. But they may find that many of the buildings around the holy area are changing. Audie Cornish speaks with Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian's architecture critic, for more on what's happening to the buildings and land in Mecca.

Around the Nation
3:52 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Niagara Falls In Danger Of Losing City Status, Aid

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:51 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The 2010 census brought some bad news for Niagara Falls, New York. Once one of the biggest cities in the Northeast, it has lost more than half its population since the 1950s. As Daniel Robison reports, Niagara Falls is now at risk of losing its city status, as well as million of dollars in federal aid.

DANIEL ROBISON, BYLINE: Niagara Falls residents shuffle into a town hall meeting. It's standing-room only in this small space.

SETH PICCIRILLO: How's everybody doing? Can you hear me in the back?

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Middle East
3:49 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Syrian Government Agrees To Temporary Cease-Fire

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 5:51 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

And we begin this hour with news from inside Syria. The Syrian government has announced it will cease military operations tomorrow for four days to mark the beginning of Eid al-Adha. It's one of the holiest events on the Muslim calendar. Reaction has been mixed among Syria's rebels, and as the truce was announced, heavy fighting continued in several areas.

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